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  1. As a Nats fan, I certainly hope you’re right. The lack of walks still scares me, though.

    Comment by DCSportsPlus — June 11, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

  2. May the Morse be with you. Great article. Just looking to ’12. Zim, Zim, Strausburg, Harper, Espinosa, Desmond, Ramos. I pledge allegiance. It’s Morse code! Go NATS!!

    Comment by Risk Management — June 11, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  3. Excellent analysis. You can make the same late bloomer comparison to Jayson Werth. And you can actually see some similarities in their size and their swings. The timing of this outburst is perfect as roto standings start to take shape, too. All that unexpected power helped my slumping lineup pick up points in a hurry.

    Comment by Dustin H. — June 11, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  4. Morse is carrying around a .351 BABIP over ~800 career MLB at-bats; His current BABIP of .364 isn’t that much higher than his career mark. For whatever reason, some batters can sustain those ultra-high BABIPs (Votto, Kemp, Wright are usually in the .340-350+ range. And no I’m not comparing Morse to them in terms of talent, but I’m saying there is precedent).

    Comment by kid — June 11, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

  5. no one seems to remember he was suspended for steroids in 2003. hopefully he’s off the juice?

    Comment by mako — June 11, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  6. I drafted him and never dropped him. If only my gambles on Edwin Encarnacion and Brandon Morrow had gone so well…

    Comment by Brian — June 12, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  7. Morse first showed up on my radar when he was with Seattle and I had him on a scout team. But then I forgot about him until late last year. Glad I drafted him this year and (didn’t drop him with his early season struggles) since he has been bailing me out so far with Dunn’s hitting woes. Morse has taken advantage of the opportunity given to him…Morse, Werth, Baustista…testaments to late bloomers!

    Comment by Sandlot Scrub — June 12, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

  8. Hey man, I don’t go by Mike any more. Dropped the nickname a year and a half ago

    Comment by Michael — June 12, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

  9. Howard, interesting analysis. With all due respect, do you actually believe the points listed in this piece or are you simply playing devil’s advocate here? I can’t say exactly why, but I have this vague sense that you’re being somewhat facetious.

    Comment by Wellington — June 13, 2011 @ 4:39 am

  10. anyone know Morse code for production?

    Comment by chronicmastertrader — June 13, 2011 @ 5:09 am

  11. Definitely not being facetious here. I am a believer in Morse’s power potential and his ability to continue his current trend. As I said, he may not sustain the average, but the power is real. Good stroke, power to all fields, just a little overzealous at times. Personally, I think his Ks have taken a slight turn upwards in the last week due to his success with the long ball and now he’s just trying to thump everything into the seats. That will calm down soon enough and he’ll go back to relaxing in the box and doing his thing. I drafted him in one league and made him an early waiver pick in three more and I’ve been nothing short of ecstatic.

    Comment by Howard Bender — June 13, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

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    Comment by Howard Bender — June 13, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  13. Would you drop Billy Butler to pick up said Morse?

    Comment by scotty.salmon — June 13, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  14. So long as it’s not an OBP league and you can handle the dip in batting average, then that’s a move I would probably do….

    Comment by Howard Bender — June 13, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  15. I’ve got Ryan Zimmerman coming off the DL tomorrow, but need to release someone to get him back into my lineup. I picked up Morse a couple weeks back, and have loved his production. I have Bautista eligible to play the outfield, along with Ellsbury and Granderson. So that leaves BJ Upton, Grady Sizemore, and Morse as potential players to cut in order to fit R. Zimm. back into my lineup. I have a ton of pitching, but the only one I’d consider dropping would be Tim Hudson…. Just looking for an opinion, been rackin’ my brain for days about this move. Any thoughts??

    Comment by Andrew — June 13, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

  16. With a group of players like that, the choice to cut would be either Morse or Sizemore as those are the two I would trust the least. And when I say that, I mean predictability. You know what you’re getting from all of those other guys, even Upton. It’s a tough call….take a chance that Sizemore returns to his across the board production or take a chance that Morse will maintain the power. Have you tried shopping either of them? If you have a ton of pitching then it might make sense to drop Hudson and shop these guys around your league. If you can get a deal done, there’s a good chance Hudson is still available for you to pick back up…

    Comment by Howard Bender — June 14, 2011 @ 10:50 am

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